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Coaching is one of the most effective ways to support staff and to improve program quality. With its focus on relationships, strengths-based practices, communication, and coaching strategies like reflective practice and building leadership capacity, this guide could be very helpful for leaders of programs in any stage of development.
Through a survey, this research study explored what Out-of-School Time (OST) program staff need in order to feel better prepared to support the inclusion of school-aged children with special needs in their programs. Results indicated that professional development on inclusion is key to success. These findings can inform policy and programmatic decisions on professional development.
This checklist offers a way for programs to assess how well they are doing at creating and maintaining a fully inclusive program.
This is an online toolkit for program leaders who want to start or improve an afterschool program. It includes 96 ready-to-use tools that include practical tips and Voices from the Field. For example, there are tools on hiring, conducting a needs assessment, logic model planning, and activity ideas like creating a warm and welcoming environment and homework help.
This issue brief describes the importance and impact of involving families in youth development programs. It presents examples of how programs that are part of the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development have used three strategies to engage families: communication, participation, and partnerships.
This self-assessment tool is designed to help afterschool program staff reflect upon their own social and emotional competencies and how their teaching practices promote the development of social and emotional competencies among youth. It includes a section on action planning for personal and professional improvement.
This research brief summarizes a study of the impact of a before-school physical activity program. The children have physical activities and receive nutrition information in a program that has expanded to 2,200 schools in 4 states. The research found that as a result of involvement, family perceptions and habits on physical activities and nutrition have shifted.
This website provides links to all issues of Afterschool Matters, a national, peer-reviewed journal aimed at practitioners who develop and manage youth programs, as well as researchers and policymakers. The journal is published two to three times a year; each journal is 48-60 pages. Articles on almost any topic related to school-age care are available here.